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never believe and the best borrow baptist church gets a new neighbor. first, president obama calls on young israelis to embrace peace. this is "the ed show." as ed would say, let's get to work. it was a passionate appeal for peace. after speaking with palestinians in the west bank, the president took his message to israel, delivering a major speech earlier calling for a two state solution in the middle east. this was the main event of mr. obama's first trip to israel as leader of the free world. the president delivering what the administration called the centerpiece of the visit. the speech wasn't given in front of the israeli parliament where his predecessor spoke at his first trip, given at the convention center before an audience of students. the president's message was clear, peace is possible but in order to secure peace and security for the jewish state, compromise is essential. >> negotiations will be necessary but there's a little secret about where they must lead. two states for two peoples. two states for two peoples. there will be differences how to get there. there will
, a special edition, live from jerusalem. rolling out the red carpet. president obama arrives in israel, his first visit as president. >> it's a beautiful day. >> good to see you. >> good to see you, too. how are you? good to see you. thank you so much. >> it's wonderful to be here. how are you, my friend? >> good to see you. >> thank you so much. >> the president's talking points, hitting the restart button with netanyahu and ensuring the israeli people that america has than back and won't let iran get a nuclear weapon. >> this is my third visit to israel, so let me just say -- [ speaking foreign language ] >>> the united states of america stands with the state of israel, because it is in our fundamental national security interests to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous, and it makes the world a better place. >>> across the runway, the president then was given a way to check out his the missile defense system that the u.s. helped pay for. the two leaders are now huddled tess prime minister's house, where in an hour they will hold a joint news confe
eric dyson in for ed schultz. president obama makes his first trip to israel and gets caught at an open mic. the love gov makes a comeback in south carolina, and march madness hits the white house. >>> but tonight, i start with washington dropping the ball on protecting our children. >>> this is "the ed show," and as ed would say, let's get to work. >>> it was supposed to change everything. the massacre at sandy hook elementary school was brutal and horrific, it shook us to our core but out of the tragedy, there was a hope something could get done. we americans believe this was the event that would prompt our lawmakers to finally act, yet this is the cover of today's "new york daily news," shame on us. the faces of the murdered 20 children of the elementary school students in newtown, connecticut, surrounding those words. this is how a paper in the nation's largest city is reacting to news of the assaults weapon ban being dropped. it was announced tuesday that the ban, introduced by dianne feinstein of california, was getting dropped from a larger gun safety package because the votes we
obama was ready to do just that. they pounded out a serious agreement between the two courts, the u.s. and israel. the people of the united states are not the obama audience. the best result is over the other side, over in tehran. they get to see how serious we are. they build a weapon, we come at them. if they know that now, it could change everything. >>> and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> thanks, chris. thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, don't believe the hype. all the gops talk about change is just that. talk. a bunch of hot air. today, almost every single republican in the house voted for paul ryan's budget. the budget that would lower taxes for the rich, cut programs for the poor, and end medicare as we know it. it's unbelievable just three days ago the rnc rolled oh ut a plan to reboot the party, claiming that they will change the public's view that they only care about the rich. >> the perception that we're the party of the rich, unfortunately, continues to grow. that's frustrating. we wa
and president obama goes back in time, biblical times. >>> and with congress poised for its first fight over gun it is, the white house prepares to ramp up the pressure. i will talk to a connecticut congressman. >>> first, topping political headlines, the senate passed a budget for the first time in four years. like the student these once were, they pull and all-nighter and wrapped up voting around 5 a.m. now, they head off on spring break for two weeks. but all is not necessarily well in the democratic dorm room there were four democratic senators who voted against the budget plan, all of whom are up for re-election and one, frank lautenberg from new jersey, he didn't vote at all. meanwhile, politico reporting senator tim johnson from south dakota not planning to run again in 2014. that puts yet another democratic seat in play. another notable democratic senator planning to step down, michigan's carl levin. yesterday on her facebook page, former governor jennifer granholm announced not to run for his seat. >>> and the president is on his way home right now. president obama spent four days in th
the israeli press. now president obama takes his charm offensive directly to the israeli people. in a major speech he delivered about the importance of israel and the importance of peace with the palestinians. the audience of students helped him deal with a heckler. >> oh no. >> this is part of the live lyre debate we talked about. this is good. >> i have to say we arranged for that, because it made me feel at home. >> you know i -- i wouldn't feel comfortable if i didn't have at least one heckler. >> the president used the forum to deliver another stern warning to the assad regime in syria next door. >> we will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against the syrian people or the transfer of those weapons to terrorists. the world is watching, we will hold you accountable. >> and he was cheered for his commitment on iran. >> america will do what we must to prevent a nuclear-armed iran. >> earlier in the west bank, president obama met with the palestinian president, mahmoud abbas. only hours after a stark reminder of the region's dangers as militants in gaza fired several rockets into so
kerry there talking. president obama is supposed to be awarded the medal of distinction at this dinner. when that happens, we will bring it to you live. again, live pictures there as the president awaits the medal of distinction. martin fletcher is standing by in jerusalem with the very latest for us. good to see you, sir. let's start with the president's speech. how was it received, both in the hall and how was it received by israelis watching it on television? >> reporter: well, i think, craig, it was received very well indeed. surprisingly well. he spoke so clearly and confidently and i think really hit all the points that israelis wanted to hear. one of the surprising things, the reaction of the 600 students from universities around israel that were in the audience, was that they applauded repeatedly. there were several standing ovations. most surprising to me anyway, the more often president obama called for a palestinian state existing in peace alongside israel, the more often he said that, the greater the applause was for the students. it was a real message not only from preside
to them and talk to them. i believe that. >> off script. president obama's message of peace gets a warm response from the israeli youth. good morning, i'm bill karins. this is "way too early." we have a lot to talk about on this friday, march 22nd. we'll start with breaking news overnight. three people are dead this morning following a shooting at the u.s. marine base in quantico, virginia. officials say a gunman killed two marines before taking his own life. the suspect is a marine staff member on the base. the base was temporarily put on a lockdown until oiffficers cleared the area. >>> overseas, president obama's wrapping up his visit to israel this morning. we're heading to neighboring jordan. today the president toured several important spots for the jewish people including the tomb of yitzhak rabin and a holocaust memorial and museum. it follows a visit to the west bank yesterday and a speech in jerusalem where he offered america's own fledging support for israel while calling for a renewed start to the middle east peace process. >> those who adhere to the ideology of rejecting is
" is following breaking news out of israeli. president obama will be holding a joint news conference with benjamin netanyahu. following a would closed-door meeting between those two leaders. as the assad regime and syrian rebels accuse each other of launching deadly chemical and launching a deadly chemical attack just hours before the president's arrival. the white house at this point says it cannot con official those claims. this trip to israel is the first for the president. this is a four-day middle east trip. he was greeted by netanyahu and israeli president perez. before leaving the a airport, president obama was shown the israeli air force system which the u.s. helped pay for. he met with president perez and took part in a ceremonial tree planting. >> there is a common vision uniting us. to confirm dangers. to bring closure as soon as possible. >> i reaffirm president perez, as i will throughout my visit, that in this work, the state of israel will have no greater friend than the united states. right now as president meets with prime minister netanyahu, major issues, like syria
sharpton starts right now. >> thanks, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. president obama leads. he arrived in israel. a three-day trip where he will meet with israeli and palestinian leaders. for months, republicans attacked his leadership and cynically said this president doesn't care about one of our strongest allies. but what the world saw today was president obama leading on the world stage. >> as beebee mentioned, this is our fourth meeting. america's support for israel's security is unprecedented and the alliance between our nations has never been stronger. israel's security is guaranteed because it has a great deal on its side, including unwavering support of the united states. we have your back. >> we have your back. doesn't exactly fit the republican's effort to use obama's diplomacy as a battery ram against him. >> on israel, it's never been worse between the united states and israel. >> you skipped israel but you went to the other nations and, by the way, they noticed that you skipped israel. >> they see president obama and new york city the same day netanyahu does and i
,000 miles can come between president obama and speaker boehner. good morning, i'm bill karins. this is "way too early." we're glad you're up with us. we have a lot to talk about this morning including obama signalling that chemical weapons in syria could be a game changer. the tough new words lead to u.s. boots on the ground to stop the violence? plus the new pope hints at potential changes in the catholic church, namely the celibacy rule in the church as a priest. will he be the one to break that century's old rule? we'll have more on that straight ahead. but first, the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. >>> president obama touched down on the west bank city of ramallah on the second leg of the four day visit. he was greeted moments ago. the two leaders are set to talk to reporters a few hours from now. later, president obama will hold a roundtable discussion with young palestinians. it follows the president's meetings with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu yesterday. there much of the focus was on iran's nuclear ambitions. >> we agree that a nuclear armed ira
lobbyists who got him back in the election, he's nuts. he lost the male vote. it was the obama coalition of union voters, young voters who put harry reid back in office. people like harry reid give the gun lobby far too much credit. >> sam, what's your reaction to that? >> they say the same thing, that the nra has trumped that. and the only thing i would add to that is this. we've seen a lot of recent pollings, specifically background checks, and it's universally popular. i don't see any other issue polling at 90% popularity. if you read specific issues it might dip. this is a noncontroversial bill. it would be surprising to me if democrats felt concerned or nervous about voting for it and i think harry reid recognized that and that's why he's going forward with this in the baseline bill. >> according to "the washington post," these individual gun safety measures have overwhelming support with the public. you know, they have 6 in 10 people, 57% support a been on assault weapons, a majority, obviously. 82% think illegal sales should constitute a crime and 91% support background checks at
issued a statement saying president obama's ncaa bracket is a shocking failure of leadership. house republican conference put this video on youtube, echoing the same complaint. how dare he. all kinds of congressional republicans, including house speaker john boehner went on twitter insisting obama should stop this outrage of liking sports. get off my lawn! it is march madness, republican style. the first day of spring, the annual opportunity for house republicans to turn over an old leaf they know they shouldn't turn over any more but they can't stop themselves. also clearly it is going to be gonzaga. peter alexander is traveling with peter, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the new attacks emphasize the importance of reaching a peace deal between the israelis and palestinians. and on that very topic, even as we speak right now live in the west bank city of ramallah, the president within the last five minutes touching down there by marine one, the u.s. helicopter. he is visiting with the palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas. this is the president's first visit with a
of the united states. >> so long as there is a united states of america -- >> president obama is set to give a major speech. >> a high-profile address. [ speaking in foreign language ] you are not alone. >> this is the visit the israeli people wanted to see. >> it is an important speech. >> the centerpiece -- >> america will do what we must to prevent a nuclear-armed iran. >> president obama spoke directly. >> the speech that extended close to 50 minutes, president obama tackled the two-state solution. >> the united states is deeply committed. the time is now. >> no wall is high enough, no iron dome is strong enough. >> there is so much symbolism here. >> israel is not going anywhere. >> no doubt, this visit has been a success. >> get ready, america, for a brand new republican party. >> i know what our principles are. >> marriage is between one man and one woman. >> i know our party believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. >> the future of their party is at risk here. >> we have a party that's going to be inconclusive. >> this is something we should allow people to do. >> peo
for our ole pal crystal izz acht. >> i need a fix. ♪ i'm going down." >>> president obama's middle east tour treks on just hours after militants fire rockets out of gaza. >>> big moves back in washington as paul ryan's budget gets said for a vote in the house and vice president joe biden says the white house is not giving up on an assault weapons ban. >>> plus, as the pentagon ponders pumping more millions into guantanamo, a senior u.s. military leader offers some candid comments about the obama administration's failure to shut it down. >> good morning. >> the national school of character. >> today is march 21st, 2013. >> and this is "the daily rundown." >>> thanks so much to the first grade class at the lielyles-cro traditional academy. good morning, how can you not be happy about that. i even got a shoutout as you heard. chuck todd is in ramallah with the president and we'll be hearing from him in just a minute. >>> president obama left jerusalem this morning to head to the west bank where he met with president mahmoud abbas. he was greeted by a crowd this morning as only the third si
. >>> and on the eve of president obama's trip to the middle east, andrea joins us live from israel with a look at what to expect. >>> but first an extended st. patrick's day celebration at the white house as the president hosts ireland's prime minister. >> i want to welcome you, thank you for giving me an excuse to break out my green tie. >> it's a real opportunity to celebrate st. patrick's week, i have a second tie for the president if he so wishes and of course, there is a standing open invitation to president obama to come back to ireland. >>> i'm luke russert live in washington, we'll check in with andrea, who is in jerusalem in a moment. but first, breaking news out of nevada -- the u.s. military says an overnight live fire training accident at the hawthorne army depot in western nevada has killed at least seven marines. nbc's chief pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski joins me with the latest. obviously this happened late last night. the news started breaking this morning. what have we learned in the last few hours since i spoke to you? >> well, as you said, luke, this occurred during a liv
ahead. >>> on president obama's trip to israel. today was big speech day, highly anticipated, very warmly received, particularly the part he went off script and surprised everyone. we will have details on that coming up. >>> in washington tonight, the congress packed up and went home. they are taking two weeks off as of tonight. nice work if you can get it, right? before they left, they passed a spending bill that will avoid the threat of a government shutdown next week. not shutting down the whole federal government used to be the kind of thing you could reasonably expect from your congress, the kind of thing they get done as a matter of course. under house speaker john boehner, not shutting down the government has become a notable achievement for this congress. mozle top on that. a low bar. >>> house republicans also voted today again for the paul ryan budget. democrats are very excited about that because they plan to use that vote against republicans in campaign ads for the next election. we have the one and only ezra klein here momentarily to sort out what's important about wha
. >>> president obama is heckled and praised in the middle east as he tries to shore up support but syria may be the most urge interpriority. >>> stock trading on wall street slows as march madness kicks into high gear. >>> plus, how did this guy lose almost $4 billion over 24 hours? the marking genius between american eagle's skinny jeans and that powerball jackpot is headed past $320 million. >>> the murder investigation into the shooting death of the head of colorado's prison system is taking a new turn. the authorities are turning their folk thus mornicus to tex. texas police pulled over a speeding car thursday, one matching a description of a vehicle seen near tom clemens home at the time of the shooting. the driver identified as evan spencer ables sped away from texas police after shooting a deputy multiple times. officers caught up to the car when it slammed into an 18 wheeler and the suspect came out guns blazing. >> he wasn't planned on being taken alive. it's obvious he was trying to hurt somebody and he was trying to hurt the police. >> this morning the man is considered brain dead
in additional aid, and mr. obama also pushed back at some criticisms of why the u.s. has not intervened militarily in syria. take a listen. >> you know, i think it's fair to say that the united states often finds itself in a situation where if it goes in militarily it's criticized, and if it doesn't go in militarily, then people say why aren't you doing something militarily? and, you know, my response at this stage is to make sure that what we do contributes to bringing an end to the bloodshed as quickly as possible. >> reporter: the president should be back in the u.s. just shy of midnight tonight, but while mr. obama heads home, secretary of state john kerry is remaining in the region. he has a pair of meetings today, one of them with the palestinian president mahmoud abbas. that's taking place in jordan. another one that will take place over dinner with the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu of israel. just another signal of just how important this issue is to the administration as they're showing once again their commitment to try to revive these peace talks. alex? >> all right, pet
of the republicans' second committee issuing a statement saying that president obama's ncaa bracket is a shocking failure of leadership. the house republican conference put this video on youtube equity the same complaint, how dare he? all kinds of congressional republicans went on twitter insisting that he should stop this outrage of liking sports. get off my lawn! it's march madness republican style. the annual opportunity for house republicans to turn over an old leaf they know they should not turn over any more but cannot stop themselves. also, clearly, it will be in zepa. don't tell john maynor, because he would be furious. that does it for us tonight. we will see you tomorrow night. right now it is time for the last word with lawrence o'donnell. have a great night. we now know that when the president's away, republicans will play the same budget games they play when he's here. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel. >> obama in israel for the first time as president. >> joking with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu that it was good to get from congress. >> yo
goodness it is "the cycle." president obama meets the so-called modern king. is this the end of america's reign on the world stage? >> i'm sitting in for toure's book. that is the last time we're going to mention it today. >> no, it's not. >> boom! i have to till, i can get used to this. that's my kind of humor. >> i'll be laughing all the way to the bank. see what i did there? we were talking about humor. we're going to show you how to tip the odds in your favor on everything from the stock market to your week on the tennis court. game, set, match. "the cycle" starts right now. >> don't get used to it. from peace talks to syria, president obama's wrapping up his mideast tour. this is actually really cool. we were looking at this map before the show. this is cool. president obama is out of israel and spending the night in jordan. he arrived this morning. abdullah is the region's most pro american leader. he survived the arab spring with few scars while watching the others fall. the atlantic even coined him, the modern king in the arab spring. unfortunately for him his desert kingdom is
to a wave of sectarian violence. president obama vowed an exit strategy to fulfill a promise and ended the mission before christmas, 2011. richard engle was there. >> after invasion, a civil war and a surge and a training mission, for the first time, u.s. military command no longer has a presence here in iraq. this is now a sovereign nation. >> richard spent eight years in iraq. he is in another key part of the region in israel. he is waiting for president obama who arrives in jerusalem tomorrow morning. good morning. >> good to be with you. >> i want to ask you, we sit here ten years later and you spent a tremendous amount of time in that part of the world. what is our standing in the world now after the invasion of iraq and obviously what we said was going to happen, we were going to sprout up with democracies and did not occur right away. there was a revolution in libya and other areas. what is our standing right now? >> the peak of u.s. power was probably right after the u.s. invasion. the u.s. went in and toppled saddam hussein and iran was frightened at the time. the syrian regim
, chris, and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, finishing the job. president obama is back on u.s. soil fresh from his well-received trip to the middle east and today he jumped right back into the fight for second-term agenda, demanding that congress take action on immigration. >> we've taken real action from congress, bipartisan groups in the house and senate, working to tackle this challenge. i applaud them for that. we are making progress but we've got to finish the job because this issue is not new. emp pretty much knows what is broken. everybody knows how to fix it. we've all proposed solutions and we've got a lot of white papers and studies. we just at this point have got to work up the political courage to do what is required to be done. >> political courage. the president was talking about immigration and we're going to get into that a little later in the show. but he also could have been talking about another big issue where we're seeing momentum. gun control. today we learned the president will hold a series of campaign-style rallies, calling for tougher gun laws and n
to "weekends with alex witt." let's get to what's happening right now out there. as president obama heads back to the u.s., just about 90 minutes or so from now after the final stop on his mideast trip he visited the fables city of petra, jordan, this morning. and one major topic of discussion for the president, the civil war going on in nearby syria, and the massive number of syrian refugees now in jordan. nbc's peter alexander is traveling with the president and joins us from amman. so peter with a good saturday morning to you. how has this trip gone so far for the president in jordan? >> well, right now, alex, the president's enjoying the end of his trip. punctuating it, as you noted, with a trip to the celebrated archaeological site in this country known as petra. the focus of the trip has largely been on the future. but at least for the last couple hours he's focusing on the middle east past. advisers tell me this is actually a place that president obama added to the itinerary. a destination that he very much wanted to see. sandstorms delayed his travel yesterday. but today that's proving
of president obama's agenda. buzz feed reports he will hit the road this week to take his message to the people while congress is in recess. it's been over 100 days since the newtown massacre. and since then, there have been over 2,000 gun deaths. the debate on gun control may have started months ago, by the looks of it the fight is just beginning. governor rendell. how effective do you think go mayor bloomberg and his media blitz can be? >> wayne lapierre may not know much, but he knows about insanity. >> that he does. >> that's number one. number two, he says the people don't want mike bloomberg in their living rhoades. those ads don't have mike bloomberg's name on them. those ads are very effective and they're striking a responsible chord. because that's what people believe. the question is can that belief be translated into pressure put on congressmen and senators. and i believe it can. because this is one area where i mean i'm stunned when the gop, all eight of their senators voted against universal background checks, i was absolutely stunned. this is party that's trying to reshape their i
to the last election. rove wastes no time firing back. >>> also today, a deep dive. previewing president obama's trip to the middle east this week. will expectations grow for a major peace plan progress before the end of his presidency? >>> good morning from port aransas, texas. >> it's monday, march 18th, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." >> now here's chuck todd! >> big thank you to maddie and noah salazar. on spring break at port aransas, texas. first reads of the morning. by the way, see the beach when it's sleeting behind me is kind of a nice little picture there. >>> right now republican party chairman reince priebus is unveiling his own autopsy of what went wrong in 2012. while the report blames the process more than gop prince ips or policy position it also admits more problems than you might expect. >> there's no one reason we lost. our message was weak. our ground game was insufficient. we weren't inclusive. we were behind in both data and digital. and our primary debate process needed improvement. there's no one solution. there's a long list of them. >> pretty brutal report. based
the documentary, hubris, selling the iraq war. it airs at 9:00 eastern on msnbc. >>> coming up, president obama takes off on his first trip to israel as commander-in-chief. our first read team says it is a reminder of one of the big failures of his first term, moving toward middle east peace. can the president accomplish that goal? we'll talk to the form he state department official. plus -- >> if you wish to work, if you wish to work and live in america, we will find a place for you. >> tea party senator rand paul comes out in favor of immigration reform. whether he is really working on a path to citizenship remains unclear. join us on twitter. you can find us@newsnation. i'm a conservative investor. but that doesn't mean i don't want to make money. i love making money. i try to be smart with my investments. i also try to keep my costs down. what's your plan? ishares. low cost and tax efficient. find out why nine out of ten large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges a
president obama the same way they embraced our last two presidents. thank you. >> so you had to get a polling question in there at the end? chuck, you're just encourageable. look, opening premise to your question was, that having failed to achieve peace in the middle east, in my first term, that i must have screwed up somehow. and i will tell you, i hope i'm a better president now than when i first came into office. but my commitment was not to achieve a peace deal in my first year. or my second year or my third year. that would have been nice. what i said was, i was not going to wait to start on the issue. until my second term, because i thought it was too important. and that exactly what i did. i'm absolutely sure there are a host of things i could have done that would have been more deft and would have created better optics. but ultimately, this is a really hard problem. it's been lingering for over six decades. and the parties involved have, yes, some profound interests that you can't spin, you can't smooth over, and it is a hard slog to work through all of these issues. i will
cost you at aflac.com. >>> president obama still believes in change you can believe in. it's friday, march 22nd and this is "now." >>> joining me today, political editor and white house correspondent, at the hu "huffington post" and as msnbc contributor, sam stein. vice president of demos, heather mcagree, politico's political reporter jake sherman and bloomberg's senior national correspondent, josh green. >>> president obama is now ming with jordan's kill abdullah. they're expected to discuss the civil war in syria as well as prospects for peace between israel and the palestinians. yesterday the president delivered a speech filled with optimism and hard truths to a room filled with israeli students, beyond endorsing a two-state solution, the president asserted that forging a lasting peace is a matter of civil rights. couching it the broader question of what it means to be a democracy. a return to the signature themes of the 2008 campaign and the early days of his presidency. as he outlined in cairo in 2009, the president began by affirming america's respect and its commitment. >> i
. president obama's first trip to israel, will he be able to mend fences with prime minister benjamin netanyahu? european stocks plunge after a new bailout measure sparks fears of a run on the banks. >>> first we get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. president obama's renewed push for a grand bargain may be showing some early signs of paying off, at least with one top republican. senator bob corker of tennessee says he could envision raising tax revenue if democrats embrace big changes to medicare and social security. corker's position on sunday puts him at odds with other members of his party including house speaker john boehner who's ruling out the prospect of any new taxes. >> i think there by the way is a chance on a deal. i know the president is saying the right things and we have an opportunity over the next four to five months. i think republicans, if they saw true entitlement reform, would be glad to look at tax reform that generates additional revenues and that doesn't mean increasing rates, that means closing loopholes. it also means arranging o
, president obama prepares for his first trip to israel since becoming president. before departing tomorrow, some unfinished business, tapping a new labor secretary. >> today i'm proud to nominate a leader to carry on those efforts, as america's next secretary of labor, tom perez. >>> vice president biden in rome, to lead the u.s. delegation at pope francis' inaugural mass. >>> and prince champling to the rescue, after kate gets her heel stuck in a storm grate, the parents-to-be, are they on the same page when it comes to their first child? word is kate wants a boy, and william is hoping for a girl. >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington today. and former secretary of state and first lady, hillary clinton, today took the public step that we have seen from president obama, from vice president biden and even from republican senator rob portman. clinton saying that equality for lgbt americans includes the right to marry. joining me now for our daily fix, ruth marcus, editorial columnist for the "washington post." we've seen this evolution and clearly, hillary clinton as secretary
million-vote margin between mitt romney and president obama. there's also some reference to the policy there. but it's unclear exactly what that would mean or where it would go. look, this just falls within the narrative of everything we're seeing in this country. as more and more republicans, more and more democrats and the american public evolves and has evolved quite quickly on this issue. and it's time quite frankly for our elected leaders in washington to catch up with the rest of the country. >> rock on, human rights campaign president, chad griffin, thanks for coming on the show. >> pleasure to be here, thank you, alex. >>> hash tag now is the time, it could be mantra for middle east peace. we will ask the new republican's ben birnbaum about the fierce urgency of a two-state solution when he joins us live from tel aviv, just ahead. hey, our salads. [ bop ] [ bop ] [ bop ] you can do that all you want, i don't like v8 juice. [ male announcer ] how about v8 v-fusion. a full serving of vegetables, a full serving of fruit. but what you taste is the fruit. so even you... could've had
and dislike they have for republicans. a lot of it, i think republicans thought, well post-obama they would be able to talk more frankly with black people. go into these communities and neighborhoods and sort of make amends. but i think they are really underestimating the hangover of all of the disrespect. >> and the hangover of the paul ryan budget. that would disproportionately -- >> and also obama care which is amazingly popular. incredibly popular among african-americans, latinos and asian americans and the republicans want to repeal it, still. >> and eugene is right. it goes back to the central problem in the autopsy. and that is, this is, they're approaching this as a marketing problem. and that somehow if we change the color of the cereal box, that inside the cereal will taste much better and sell better. this isn't about hiring more walmart greeters, right? this is about having them come into communities with a different message. that's what's going to be fundamentally hard. look, i -- took part in a really long, tough primary in 2007 and 2008 with hillary clinton. it went the dista
. president obama arrives in israel for his first visit there as president. we'll go live to jerusalem in just a few minutes. back here at home, some republicans recoil at the party's plans for the future. the chairman is in the hot seat. he'll be here live to counter his critics. >>> plus, senate leader harry reid says democrats will not have an assault weapons ban in their new gun regulation bill. and that is not sitting well with one of the top backers. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, march 20th, 2013. the first day of spring. come on, you like this tie. it's colorful. this is "the daily rundown." i'm luke russert in for chuck todd who is in israel for the president. he'll be joining us from there in a few moments. president obama has arrived in the middle east to begin i had four-day tour of the region. but it's not all pomp and circumstance. difficult issues loom as the leaders prepare for meetings later today. but publicly, the focus is on what president obama called the eternal bond between the two nations. >> the united states of america stands with the state of israel be
obama. we need do something about guns in this country. on o thursday, it was announced that dianne feinstein's assault weapons ban would be dropped. we learned it didn't matter that the majority of americans support the ban. the proposal couldn't make it past the u.s. senate. senate majority leader reid said he doesn't have the votes. didn't have the republican votes. he didn't have the democratic votes and no amount of public shaming could change that fact. >> quite honestly, i'm really aashamed to see that congress doesn't have the guts to stand up, make a change and put a ban on these type of weapons and universal background checks. >> with the assault weapons ban out of picture for the time being, the focus is now on those universal background checks. the overwhelming majority of americans are for universal background checks. 88% of voters say they support these checks according to the latest polling from quinnipiac. as for gun owners, 85% of gun owners support background checks. late last night majority heard harry reid issued this statement, i want to be clear in order to be
. >>> president obama appointed the first sport justice who is latino. she is a puerto rican decent. president obama also appointed the nation's first ever secretary of labor. hilda solis was born and raised in -- before president obama brought her up to the cabinet. president obama has nominated her replacement at the department of labor and he is tom perez. born and raised in buffalo, new york, to parents who were first generation immigrants from the dominican republic. he was secretary of labor in the state of maryland. he has led the civil rights division as assistant attorney general and on the same morning that president obama announced tom perez as his nominee, yesterday morning, at the same time, the republican party announced the results of its own self-autopsy. the chairman convened a tax force on why they lost so badly. if you want to bowl down what they found, it's this. they need to stop alienating and insulting everybody not in the party already. then you can have an outreach program in place to persuade people not in the party to join the party. the party will fund a program to
middle east visit, and president obama is set to give a major speech to the israeli people at the top of the hour. now, ahead of that speech, palestinian militants fired two rockets into southern israel from the gaza strip earlier this morning. no one was hurt. >>> meantime, the president, who has had a difficult relationship with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is getting different headlines. check this out from ""the washington post."" obama and netanyahu show unusual solidarity. "the daily beast," obama and netanyahu make peace. and from "the christian science monitor," a show of warmth. joining me is p.j. crowley. good to see you. >> hello, chris. good morning. >> evidence of this warming relationship came from the prime minister himself. let me play for you what he said. >> i think that people should get to know president obama the way i've gotten to know him. >> do you sense just from what you've seen over the last 24 hours or so, p.j., that this relationship is warming? if that's true, how important is it? >> well, it is important. you know, there are major strategic
, steve schmidt, analyst and obama re-election campaign adviser robert gibbs and huffington post editorial director howard fineman. robert gibbs, this is your debut performance on the last word. we have a motto that's very republican. it is not what you say but how you say it. keep that in mind. >> i have to say that lead in provides an exceedingly low bar for which i can roll right over. you know, chairman priebus may have cued it perfectly. >> months later, he figured it out. >> might have spent less paper figuring out the two or three things they did right in 2012 rather than all of what they did wrong. i think they have a herculian task on their shoulders because it isn't about how you say it. obviously spending $10 million to do outreach with the same message will result in the same outcome. they have a huge problem in what they say, not in how they say it. and i think the biggest problem for the chairman of the rnc is he is not going to make any of these changes. as you mentioned, there's one policy recommendation. and there's a lot of change the color, change the logo recommendation
. >> manufacturing, obama says those jobs are gone forever. >> he does not say that, actually. >> when did he say that? >> president obama did not say that. >> we've got to admit those jobs are gone. >> no. >> some. >> he worked hard to bring back manufacturing. >> perhaps most typical -- let's get back to our report. reince priebus, it's about communication but the party never tried to stop to distant franchise, mainly poor african-american voters since the last election. stricter photo id laws in pennsylvania and shortening the early -- taking away the early voting in sunday in florida. my colleague took him to task on that. let's listen to michael. >> how does priebus reconcile his approach and agreement with voter registration policies that many in the black community view as anti-black, racist. you can show up any time. it's what you say and what you do when you get there that matters most to people. >> priebus was asked about steel's criticism right there this morning by luke russert. he dodged the question. i think you will see the dodge. let's watch. >> what's your response to him? >> wel
, beautiful piece. >> sam stein? >> i learned president obama can speak a little hebrew and is hip with the israeli youth apparently. >> very nice. >> i love it. >> what did you learn, mika? >> in a conversation on twit bert the retro wife -- >> talk about that for a minute. >> it's just lights up when i tweeted the segment we did yesterday with joanna coles, and on the front page of new york magazine. >> lisa miller is great. >> i will tell you what you learned. >> what? >> how do ask a question from little children in new jersey. take a look at the tape, joe, and take a cue. >> quick. to the point. >> anything else? >> got any weekend plans? >> yes. >> what are you doing? >> college hunting. >> oh. wow. >> i remember those days. >> for amelia? what about you, sam? you're getting out of college in a year. >> yeah. i'm still at college. >> getting his application. >> i have girlfriends visiting from cleveland, ohio. >> part of rock 'n roll. >> you have a live chat. >> here's what i'm going to do. a live twitter chat right after the show at joe nbc. thank you so much for watching. h
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